Battling Ipswich Wanderers bow out of FA Cup to Wingate & Finchley in seven-goal thriller

Craig Jennings

Craig Jennings - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Wanderers were knocked out of the FA Cup in their home replay with Wingate & Finchley on Wednesday night, but not before they launched a gutsy fightback.

In front of 189 spectators, Glenn Read’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side were 3-0 down to the Ryman Premier team, who play two divisions higher, but battled back from 3-0 and 4-1 down to eventually bow out 4-3.

Jack Severy went close with a first half free kick for the hosts, while Ross Beech’s effort was saved, before substitute Rob Laney scored twice in two minutes, mid-way through the first half to put the visitors in control.

Worse was to follow for Wanderers who went three down when Carl McLuskey scored a minute before the break.

However, Wanderers were not going to lie down and hit back through Craig Jennings’ 51st-minute strike.

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They were dealt another blow though when Marc Weatherstone grabbed Wingate’s fourth, four minutes later.

The home side continued to fight and Ross Myhill and Severy set up an exciting last half hour.

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Severy’s late set-pieces then caused chaos in the visitors’ box but it was not to be as Wingate progressed to set up a tie at Hitchin on September 27.

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